Kenya holidays-Boxing day

 

Boxing Day began in England, in the middle of the nineteenth century, under Queen Victoria. Boxing Day is usually celebrated on 26 December, the day after Christmas Day. Its associated public holiday can move to the next weekday if 26 December is a Saturday or Sunday. The movement of Boxing Day varies between countries.

Boxing Day is an old holiday based on the tradition of giving gifts to employees, the less fortunate members of society dating back to the Middle Ages. The public holiday is recognized in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, as well as many other members of the Commonwealth of Nations. The name has numerous folk etymologies.

Boxing Day was the day when the wren, the king of birds, was captured and put in a box and introduced to each household in the village when he would be asked for a successful year and a good harvest. It also coincides with the Feast of Saint Stephen, one of the seven original deacons of the Christian Church who were ordained by the Apostles to care for widows and the poor.

This ancient celebration was modernized when the Victorian gentry set aside a day for servants to return home to their families, and to give gifts and money to the poor. This spirit of sharing continues today... with some sporting events and shopping added. Boxing Day was, after all, about preserving class lines.

 


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